Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival 2022

Mars One Represents Brazil for Best International Feature

Gabriel Martins is known for directing “In the Heart of The World” (2019) and “The Devil’s Knot” (2018). The 14th edition of the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival took place Nov. 15-20 in Los Angeles.

The festival opened with Martins’ “Mars One/Marte Um” and it was announced earlier this year that it was the official selection to represent Brazil for Best International Feature at the Oscars and had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, according to a press release from the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival.

“We are thrilled and honored to have Gabriel’s film open this year’s festival, as it is a great feeling when an artist that we have believed in since the start of their career reaches such great heights,” said Talize Sayegh in the press release, founder of the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival. “This film is not only a great piece of cinema, but it marks a historic moment for Brazil as it is the first time that we have a Black filmmaker’s film as the country’s entry submission to the Oscars.”

Director of Mars One, Gabriel Martins (Photo by Elisa Sirait / Contributor)

The festival presented its annual Hollywood Brazilian Honors Award to writer, director, actor and filmmaker Wagner Moura during the Opening Night festivities, for his producing and directing work and the screening followed a reception at the Fanny’s Restaurant and Cafe in the Academy Museum, according to the press release.

According to the press release, well known Brazilian singer-songwriter, Liniker, former bandleader for Brazilian soul and Black music band Liniker e os Caramelows, got presented an award by Hollywood Brazilian Raising Horizon of this event. Liniker performed after the opening night screening.

The festival said they featured a special screening of the 4K restoration of Glauber Rocha’s “Black God, White Devil / Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol” on Nov. 19. According to the press release, Nov. 20 marked the festival’s LGBTQ+ day featuring Pedro Henrique França’s “Political Bodies/CorPolítica,” a documentary about Brazil’s LGBTQ+ political candidates. It was followed by Marcelo Gomes’ “Paloma,” a drama about a transgender woman who is a farm worker that will fight at any cost to make her dream come true of having a traditional church wedding, according to the press release.

The festival’s short film program included Jorge Camarotti’s “Ousmane”; Carlos Segundo’s “Sideral”; André Hayato “Saito’s Kokoro to Kokoro”; and Érica Sarmet’s “A Wild Patience Has Taken Me Here/Uma Paciëncia Selvagem Me Trouxe Até Aqui”, the press release said.

The press release mentioned the program also included Flávia Neves’ “Fogaréu”, Júlia Murat’s “Regra 34,” Karim Aïnouz’s “Mariner of the Mountains/O Marinheiro das Montanhas”; Cristiano Burlan’s “The Mother/A Mëa”; and Daniel Rezente’s “Tuma da Mônica: Liçöes.” The release announced that the film was selected to be part of this year’s Festival de Cannes Classic section.

The festival announced that this year’s sponsors included the Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles, Bonus Dourado Mundial, Escarlate, and Copa Airlines. The festival took place in three different venues across the city, the Lumiere Music Hall, Linwood Dunn Theatre and the Los Feliz Theatre, the press release stated.

The following films were featured in the festival and the synopses were provided by The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival:

Black God, White Devil/ Deus e o Diabo na Terra
Cowhand Manuel and his wife Rosa flee their home after he kills a rich local rancher who tries to swindle him. In the drought-plagued and violent Brazilian badlands, they meet two iconic figures: Sebastião, who claims to be divine, and Corisco, who labels himself demonic.
DIR Glauber Rocha.

On the border between the real and the fantastic, between the colonial past and the overwhelming modernity of agribusiness, the city of Goiás is the stage of the meeting between the young Fernanda and her secret roots.
DIR Flávia Neves

Mariner of the Mountains/O Marinheiro das Montanhas
Cannes Award winner Karim Aïnouz (“Invisible Life”) visits his father’s country for the first time, looking for traces of his family’s recent past. The viewer becomes beguiled with the Algerian history and its hinterland as they are privy to a personal travelog, listening to the artist’s confession to his mother and becoming a participant in an elegy about the end of colonialism. Influenced by Godard’s later films and with a unique sense for the digital mediums employed, Aïnouz offers up nothing less than a visual existentialist poem.
DIR Karim Aïnouz.

Still shot from Mars One/Marte Um. (Courtesy of Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival 2022)

Mars One/Marte Um
A lower middle-class family undergoes a series of challenging and profound changes, reinventing themselves and their family ties along the way.
DIR Gabriel Martins.

Still shot from The Mother/A Mëe. (Courtesy of Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival 2022)

The Mother/A Mëe
A single mother lives with her only son. She can’t find him when she returns from work. After a relentless search, she finds out that he was killed by the police and his body is missing. She begins a journey for the right to bury his body.
DIR Cristiano Burlan.

Still shot from Paloma. (Courtesy of Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival 2022)

On a hot summer day, Paloma decides to fulfill her most cherished dream: a traditional wedding in a church with her boyfriend Zé. She is a devoted mother, a hard-working farmhand in a papaya plantation and has been saving to afford the celebration. The priest’s refusal to marry her and Zé will force Paloma to confront the rural society. She suffers violence, betrayal, prejudice and injustice but nothing shakes the faith and determination of this transgender woman.
DIR Marcelo Gomes

Still shot from Political Bodies/Corpolitica. (Courtesy of Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival 2022)

Political Bodies/Corpolitica
At a time when the far right is ascending to power around the world, the 2020 Brazilian municipal elections saw a surprising and unprecedented record of LGBT candidates. This film follows four young queer politicians during their electoral campaigns and reveals their struggle to affirm their rights to exist and be heard.
Dir Pedro Henrique França.

Still shot from Regra 34. (Courtesy of Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival 2022)

Regra 34
Simone 23-year-old studies criminal law and advocates for women’s rights and at night she performs in front of a live sex cam. One night watching a film awakens her dark impulses for a more dangerous means of sexual gratification.
DIR Júlia Murat.

Tuma da Mônica: Liçöes
Mônica, Jimmy Five, Maggy and Smudge decide to skip school, but they pretty
quickly find out there’ll be some stiff consequences to face. In this new adventure,
the gang learns the true meaning of friendship.
DIR Daniel Rezente.

For more information, please visit Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival or website at https://www.hbrfest.com.